Archinect - #BACbuzz 2020-10-29T02:05:49-04:00 2020 Fall Lecture Series: Just Space deancascieri 2020-09-23T12:13:51-04:00 >2020-10-26T20:01:04-04:00 <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure><p>Join us for our Fall Lecture Series all season long! Speakers include:</p><p><strong>Sept. 23, 2020 &ndash; Kia Weatherspoon</strong><br>6:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada) <br><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Register in advance for this lecture!</a>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Oct. 7, 2020 &ndash; Juan Miro</strong><br>6:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada) <br><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Register in advance for this lecture!</a><br></p><p><strong>Oct. 28, 2020 &ndash; Katherine Williams</strong><br>6:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)&nbsp;<br><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Register in advance for this lecture!</a><br></p><p><strong>Nov. 4, 2020 &ndash; Saul Alcantara</strong><br>6:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada) <br><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Register in advance for this lecture!</a><br></p><p><strong>Nov. 11, 2020 &ndash; Jay Cephas</strong><br>6:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada) <br><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Register in advance for this lecture!</a><br></p><p>For more information please <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">visit our events page</a>!&nbsp;<br></p><p><br></p> BAC Celebrates Newest IPAL Graduates deancascieri 2020-09-15T09:20:50-04:00 >2020-10-15T10:46:05-04:00 <p>The path to becoming a licensed architect is not for the faint of heart. According to the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB)</a>, in 2019 the average time to earn a license was 12.7 years, with the average age at licensure being 32.</p> <p>Through the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Boston Architectural College's IPAL program</a>, our students are able to work towards completing their licensure while simultaneously earning their degree, allowing them to significantly reduce the time it takes to become a licensed architect. Since 2015, there have been 3 graduates from the BAC's IPAL program.</p> <p>Shawn Willett (B. Arch &lsquo;20) and Cameron Simko (M. Arch &lsquo;20) are the two newest BAC graduates to complete their licensure requirements by graduation, joining BAC's first IPAL graduate <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Travis Wiegand</a> from 2019.</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Shawn Willett (B. Arch &lsquo;20)</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Cameron Simko (M. Arch &lsquo;20)<br></figcaption></figure><p>"Once I graduated, I wanted a clean transition to being an architectural professional. Now I can focus on my growth in other ways - I can explore architectu...</p> 2020 Virtual Alumni Awards Ceremony deancascieri 2020-09-08T12:14:09-04:00 >2020-10-15T10:46:05-04:00 <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure><p>Celebrate with us! Please join us in virtually celebrating the outstanding achievements of our 2020 BAC Alumni Award Winners on October 2, 2020 at 7PM- 8:30PM EST.</p> <p>We will be honoring four outstanding BAC Alums who have made incredible contributions to the world of design and our community.&nbsp;</p> <p>EMERGING DESIGNER</p> <p>Given to a recent graduate who demonstrates great promise and leadership within their field. They must be actively employed in the design field and be making an influential impact in their sphere of design. Candidates must be alumni who have graduated within the last 10 years from any of the disciplines currently taught at the BAC.</p> <p>DISTINGUISHED ALUMNI IN SERVICE</p> <p>Given to a BAC alum who serves their greater community by advocating for social, environmental and/or policy change. Candidates should influence and empower others through design at the local, regional, or global scale. Candidates are alumni from any of the disciplines currently taught at the BAC.</p> <p>DISTINGUISHED ALUMNI ...</p> BAC student Nizar Abou Ezzeh shares his perspective after devasating explosion hits his hometown deancascieri 2020-08-18T13:49:42-04:00 >2020-10-27T07:18:40-04:00 <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure>I am from Lebanon and have lived my whole life there. I came to Boston and started the MLA program at the BAC in August of 2019. I was supposed to visit Lebanon during the summer, but due to all the travel restrictions on leaving and entering the United States because of COVID and a second outbreak in Lebanon, I decided to postpone my visit. <br><br> During the explosion I was here in the U.S. We saw the news online. It is hard to describe the feelings. Streets I use to drive on everyday, landmarks and historic Beirut buildings burned down to the ground. The blast killed at least 180 people, injured more than 5,000, dozens are still missing, and 300,000 families have no homes. <br><br> I tried to connect with every single person I know to check up on them, my parents were in the village at the time of the explosion but their house in Beirut, which is a 20 min drive from the port, got slightly damaged, so imagine what happened in the densely populated areas surrounding the port. <br> Anyone who experien... Ahlan: The App Designed to Help Refugees deancascieri 2020-07-28T12:55:19-04:00 >2020-07-28T12:56:11-04:00 <p>What started as a BAC thesis project has now become Ahlan, an app that has been launched in three languages (English, Spanish, and Arabic) across three major cities in Californa, Texas, and Washington and expanding to Germany and Sweden.<br></p> <p>BAC alumna Rania Qawasma shares, "I created an infographic neighborhood guide book for newly arrived refugees resettling in the Northwest cities called "This is home". It started as part of my capstone project at BAC. The book was in Arabic and English to support Syrian and Iraqi refugees. The book got a lot of recognition and I started getting requests for more languages and more cities to cover."</p> <p>"Creating Ahlan (meaning Welcome in Arabic) was the natural response to provide an efficient, easy, support to refugees in different urban cities in the US and around the world with as many languages as needed. The goal for the next couple of years is to cover as many cities as needed in the US based on the requests of the refugee agencies. The app has be...</p> BAC Alumni Enter Bee Breeders Vale de Moses Meditation Cabins Design Competition deancascieri 2020-07-27T11:58:00-04:00 >2020-08-11T23:49:46-04:00 <p>Congratulations to BAC alumna Britt Ambruson (M.Arch '17) and alumnus Phil Reville (M.Arch '17) for being shortlisted in <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Vale De Moses Meditation Cabins competition</a>!&nbsp;<br><br>This competition is the first in a series of competitions based in Portugal and the first in partnership with Vale de Moses. Participants were asked to create designs for a cabin that could be replicated in any number of spots throughout the retreat. </p> <p>The cabin&rsquo;s main purpose is to allow guests to experience treatments and meditation sessions that allow them to reconnect with themselves, and to the surrounding forest, gardens and natural elements. Each cabin should provide sufficient space for one guest and one therapist; providing a world class healing space that connects each guest to the beauty of nature, while at the same time protecting them from its harsher elements.&nbsp;<br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure><p>r<br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure><p><br></p></figure> 5 Ways to Support International Students deancascieri 2020-07-23T12:40:14-04:00 >2020-10-16T03:01:05-04:00 <p>Did you know the number of international students in the United States was at its peak in the 2018-19 academic year with more than one million international students? The total number of international students, 1,095,299, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">makes up 5.5%</a> of the total US student body.</p><p>International students are a vital component of our society and, more important than ever before, they must be protected, appreciated, and welcomed. Here are five ways you can show your support to international students today:</p><p><strong>1. Vote</strong><br>For those who can, we must use our right to vote to support those who can't. Voting impacts major local and federal decisions including how our money is allocated, healthcare, taxes, jobs, safety, and so much more. By showing up to the polls, you're directly impacting the security and treatment of international students in America. If you aren't sure whether you're registered to vote, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">click here</a> to get started!</p><p><strong>2. Advocate</strong><br>Advocate on behalf of international students everywhere by contacting loca...</p> Taking Action to Protect our International Students deancascieri 2020-07-17T11:30:04-04:00 >2020-08-24T17:46:03-04:00 <p>As most of you are aware, the government recently announced it would rescind the July 6, 2020 ICE SEVP guidance that would prohibit F-1 students enrolled in online-only schools during the Fall semester to maintain visa status. </p><p>We join The Presidents&rsquo; Alliance in its ardent support and exuberance of this decision and would like to thank MIT and Harvard for spearheading this lawsuit against the Department of Homeland Security and ICE. </p><p>ICE has removed July 6th guidance as well as July 7th FAQ from the list of guidance documents on their website. Therefore, as per the court settlement, schools and F-1 students are operating under March 13th guidance which allows flexibility for F-1 students to remain in valid status while pursuing a full course of study online from inside or outside the U.S. We will keep the students updated on any new and relevant updates to the policy FAQs. This reversal is a tremendous victory for international students everywhere! And, it reinforces the notion that ...</p> Turning Architects into Entrepreneurs deancascieri 2020-06-12T09:43:49-04:00 >2020-10-08T21:01:04-04:00 <p>The unique education model at the BAC offers students real life experience not just after they graduate but while they're still in the classroom. One course in particular that equips students for their lifelong careers is Practice Management, a NAAB required course designed to help students become successful as principals in the future. The course aims to give students an idea about how complex running an architectural business can be. Students learn that they must obtain business knowledge and entrepreneurial skills in addition to the technical competency they must have.</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Isra Banks, BAC faculty member</a>, shares, "I usually take this course as an opportunity to empower students as employees and as future leaders. However, over the years, I found that some students' career progress is hampered by the fear of the profession's future. I usually hear things like, we're not paid enough as designers or we're never going to make enough money as architects. I see surprised faces when I ask, "A...</p> Dr. Mahesh Daas, President of The Boston Architectural College, Announces Plans for Fall 2020 deancascieri 2020-06-05T12:44:15-04:00 >2020-10-15T10:46:05-04:00 <p>President Mahesh Daas shares an important update regarding BAC's decision for the fall semester and new initiatives going forward. We encourage you to <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">watch his video message here</a>.</p> Digital Graduation Exhibit deancascieri 2020-05-28T12:16:12-04:00 >2020-06-23T20:46:04-04:00 <p>In our 130th year, the Boston Architectural College commends a new generation of socially conscious designers with this exhibit! We present the work of the BAC 2020 degree recipients from undergraduate and graduate programs in Architecture, Design Studies, Interior Architecture, and Landscape Architecture.<br></p><p>The BAC has been recognized with distinction for its leadership role in educating an extraordinarily diverse student body to help bring about social equity through the design of landscapes, of architecture, of interior architecture, of sustainable and historic spaces, of real estate, and of spaces for human health. We continue to be at the forefront of learning from practice and academic study with guidance from our brilliant practitioners, faculty members, and many supporters.<br><br>The dynamic between ideas and practice in the community is the basis for the meaningful, critical design thinking exemplified in this curated exhibition. The work of these designers directly affects how we wi...</p> Design for Human Health During COVID-19 deancascieri 2020-04-27T16:14:58-04:00 >2020-10-19T01:01:06-04:00 <p>The Masters of Design Studies in Design for Human Health (DHH) program at the Boston Architectural College is uniquely poised to leverage design&rsquo;s powers to transform the built environment and public health, especially now, at this time of increasing awareness of this connection.&nbsp; <br>&ldquo;DHH was established in 2014 to create design leaders who view society's problems through the trifecta lenses of physical/biological; sociological and psychological/emotional knowledge. Students arrive from an array of backgrounds with a shared vision of informing design with a deep understanding of the multifaceted combinations prevalent in modern life. A complex combination of factors influence our environments, many times in ways that are unseen by the untrained person. DHH prides its ability to garner evidence-based design in meaningful and practice-based ways,&rdquo; shared Davis Harte, Thesis Faculty and Program Advisor Design for Human Health. <br>A recent DHH student, Alexander Gordon, created a design solut...</p> BSA Calls for AEC Industry to Assist During COVID-19 deancascieri 2020-03-27T16:59:29-04:00 >2020-03-27T16:59:29-04:00 <p>Our friends at the Boston Society for Architecture (BSA) are calling on all AEC industry workers to collaborate and assist with identifying, evaluating, documenting, and retrofitting buildings and other facilities to accommodate the anticipated surge in acute inpatient care due to COVID-19. We extend their call and invite you to join these efforts by signing up as a collaborator here:&nbsp;<br><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a></p> Albania to Boston: Journey of an Architect deancascieri 2020-03-18T16:03:56-04:00 >2020-03-23T06:08:55-04:00 <p>After winning the green card lottery, Erion Nikolla (B.Arch '17) migrated from Albania to Boston with nothing but one thing: a clear passion for pursuing architecture. Now, after graduating from the BAC, he is an architect at Wilson Butler Architects and plans to become a project leader.<br></p><p><strong>What brought you to the BAC? How did you first hear about it?&nbsp;</strong></p><p>My circumstances aren't very common. I'm originally from Albania and came to the States when I was 19 after my family and I won the green card lottery. I didn't know much English but I knew I wanted to do architecture. After attending UMass Boston for a year, I transferred to the BAC and began my academic career there. I graduated with my Bachelor of Architecture in 2017.</p><p><strong>What is your current role at Wilson Butler Architects? How has the BAC prepared you for where you're at now?</strong></p><p>I'm an architect at Wilson Butler Architects. For more than 22 years Wilson Butler Architects have been designing performing arts centers and state-of-the-art entert...</p> Designing for Change #NETHERLANDSplanBAC deancascieri 2019-10-23T12:50:20-04:00 >2019-12-27T10:16:04-05:00 <p>In order to design for a climate ready future, we must learn lessons from our past. Climate change calls for a new way of thinking, a new way of approaching problems, and a constructive effort to building a collective consciousness around the issues our planet is facing and will continue to face.</p> <p>Today, the earth has 2 billion people with too much water and another 2 billion people without enough water to survive. Not only that, but there is a growing gap of social inequality and a shrinking ecological surface that is consistently sacrificing human development. These issues are monumental disasters on a societal, economic, and ecological scale and that is exactly why we must expand our design thinking as architects now. In reality, "we are all passengers of this ship called planet earth". <em>Buckminster Fuller</em></p> <p>The BAC's <em>Resiliency Designing for Change</em> (ARCH 3 STUDIO) empowers our young designers and students to take the lead, be bold, and put their future into their hands. This is a ch...</p>